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The UK needs a co-ordinating body and specialised procurement portal to boost the adoption of digital twins, according to a new report.

IT industry association techUK has published the document, Unlocking Value Across the UK’s Digital Twin Ecosystem, which has been written by its digital twins working group.

The report says digital twins have a potentially powerful role in boosting areas of the economy and society, but there is some confusion over what they are and how they can be commissioned, designed and used.

In response, it defines a digital twin as “a relevant, virtual representation of the state and behaviour of something physical or non-physical with a functional output in the real world”. This can be used as an approach to solving problems rather than being a product or service.

The report also sets out a handful of recommendations, including that there should be a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary co-ordinating body to promote their use. It would identify common information requirements and capability gaps, provide guidance on codes of conduct in the use of digital twins, and develop incentives such as tax credits or innovation funding.

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Date: 1 March 2021